The Hiss of the Serpent

Charles Henry Mackintosh

There is a remarkable contrast between God's testimony in Eden and His message to men now. Then, when all around was life, God spoke of death. Now, when all around is death, God speaks of life. Then the word was, "In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Now the word is, "He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life."

In Eden the enemy sought to make void God's testimony as to the result of eating the fruit. Now he seeks to make void God's testimony as to the result of believing the gospel. God had said, "Thou shalt surely die," but the serpent said, "Ye shall not surely die." Now, when God's Word plainly declares that, "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life" (John 3:36), the same serpent seeks to persuade believers that they do not have everlasting life, nor should they presume to think so until they have first done, felt, and experienced all manner of things.

If my reader has not yet believed and rested on the divine record, let me beseech you to allow the voice of the Lord to prevail above the hiss of the serpent. Jesus says, "He that heareth My Word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life" (John 5:24).

C.H. Mackintosh